US Harley lay-offs


"Now, don’t do a Cheney out there …"

Harley-Davidson has sent home 5,400
workers at U.S. plants … just in time for deer hunting season.

The lay-off is a planned one-week
event, due to slowing sales and production, and affects workers at
plants in Wisconsin, Kansas City, MO, and York, PA – where 2,800
workers were laid off, the largest single group.

Deer season in Pennsylvania runs Nov.
26 – Dec. 8, so the lay-off means workers won’t have to book time
off to go hunting, according to a union rep for Harley workers there.

Harley’s third quarter profit dropped
about 15 per cent and the company has cut shipments and earnings
expectations. Harley shipped 86,535 motorcycles motorcycles in the
most recent three-month period, down 10.8 per cent.

About 330,000 motorcycles will be
shipped over the whole year, Harley says, which is down from 349,000
last year.


  1. Does this mean HD shop owners will actually have tp work in their own shops? HD predicted the slump with the Boomers aging. Here we come.

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